“She’s Never Found Peace Since She Left His Arms”: First Edition
Jude The Obscure
, In Very Rare Original Dust Jacket
66. HARDY, Thomas.
Jude the Obscure.
London, 1896. Octavo, original
blue-green cloth, dust jacket.
First edition, first issue, of Hardy’s controversial final novel, with map
and lovely frontispiece etching by H. Macbeth-Raeburn, in very scarce
original dust jacket.
Burned by a bishop and banned for its “indecency,”
Jude the Obscure shocked Victorians with its mentions of suicide, sexual-
ity, and illegitimate children.
Jude the Obscure
was received with mixed reviews due to its disturbing
content and implications that it was autobiographical. Discouraged by
the outraged response to the story, Hardy devoted the rest of his career
to writing poetry and published no further novels.
first and second state, mixed states are very common (Purdy, 87). Book
near-fine. Dust jacket, rarely seen, with two-inch section containing
publisher’s name missing at foot of spine, front and rear panels toned
but intact, attached to the spine with tape on verso, some light wear
along edges, long split to front flap fold. A desirable copy in the very
scarce original dust jacket.
offensive & immoral